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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Compassion-"My own little world"

Why do I love Compassion International? Well, I have sponsored a child ever since I had a steady job in college. After we got married, we waited a few years before we sponsored any children. There is an older Christian song about seeing all of the poor children's pictures at church and crying because of them. That is SO me... I have a huge heart for children, and I am very interested in other cultures and languages. We went to a concert where Compassion was trying to gain new sponsors over ten years ago, and decided to sponsor a little girl from Kenya.
Aren't they sweet? I can't resist their precious little faces...
Monica, age 5
Her name is Monica Wanjiru, and at first, she couldn't write letters, but a teacher/ worker there in Kenya wrote the letters for her. Now she is 14, and she writes the letters. We pray for her often, write letters, share Bible verses and love getting letters from her. It has been neat to watch her grow into a young woman. We enjoy looking back at older pictures of her and seeing how she has grown. It helps me feel like my own little world is a little bigger, and maybe I can positively influence the life of someone that God has placed in my life, even if I have never met her (and I would love to!) and she lives thousands of miles away.
Our most recent pic of Monica, age 13
We also sponsored a boy from Philippines for a while named Jan Rico. His family moved out of the Compassion sponsorship area and he was not sponsored anymore. I received letters from his mother, and his father died while we sponsored him (so sad!). The best letter that we ever received was one in which we were told that he accepted Christ! That was SO exciting! It made everything worth it!

This song expresses how I feel about sponsoring a child...

In my own little world it hardly ever rains

I’ve never gone hungry, always felt safe

I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet

In my own little world

Population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church

I throw a twenty in the plate, but I never give ’til it hurts

I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see

Yeah, it’s easy to do when it’s

Population: me

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose

I could be living right now

Outside my own little world oooh

I stopped at a red light, looked out my window

I saw a cardboard sign, said “Help this homeless widow”

Above that sign was the face of a human

and I thought to myself, “God, what have I been doing?”

So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye

Oh how many times have I just passed her by?

I gave her some money then I drove on through

And my own little world reached

Population: two

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose

I should be living right now

Outside my own little world yeah, yeah

My own little world oooh

Father break my heart for what breaks Yours

Give me open hands and open doors

and put Your Light in my eyes and let me see

That my own little world is not about me

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose

That I could be living right now

Well I dont wanna miss what matters

I wanna be reaching out

showing the greater purpose

so I could start living right now

Outside my own little world oooh

My own little world yeah

My own little world oooh

"My own little World" by Matthew West
You can listen to this song on You Tube here.

Find out more about Compassion International here. We have held a Compassion Sunday in our church several times to gain more sponsors for children. Many Christian concerts also have sponsors of Compassion children there to gain more supporters. My husband and I have done this and got to hear the concert for free. I really enjoyed doing that, and would love to encourage others to sponsor kids again. It is such a great ministry and a way to reach out.

1 comment:

  1. The font is a little hard to read on this post, but I am so glad I stumbled on your little spot on the web!

    I am finding so many neat blogs thanks to the Compassion International references this week! We just LOVE CI and it has become a passion for our family! I'm a Compassion Blogger so I am happy to find more blogs that support this cause!


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